Indigenous Arts

Informed by Indigenous cultures and worldviews, we offer programs in all disciplines for emerging to established Indigenous artists. Our programs are highly transformative, situate rigour and exploration at their centre, and are inspired by ‘power of place’ here in Treaty 7 territory.

Through outstanding performances, concerts, residencies, presentations, workshops, talks, and exhibitions, Indigenous Arts contributes to strong and vibrant Indigenous arts communities in Canada and around the globe.

An update on our offerings

Indigenous Haute Couture – Contemporary Embellishments
In-Person Residency February 26 - March 22, 2024

This four-week Indigenous Haute Couture Fashion Residency will offer Indigenous textile-based artists with traditional and contemporary practices the opportunity to develop their design and pattern development skills in connection to adapting new approaches for their embellishments all at haute couture level. Working with lead Faculty D’Arcy Moses, throughout the program, participants will design a couture garment inspired by their Indigeneity and based on the traditional silhouettes, lines and/or materials of their culture.  Presented discussions with faculty will focus on Indigenous identity in the garment business and how culture plays a role, be it recycling, repurposing materials and/or related conversations.

Coming Soon:

Please stay tuned for an update on our 2024-25 program offerings in Late Fall 2023. If you wish to stay informed about our upcoming programs and Banff Centre news, please subscribe to our newsletter

Indigenous Arts Programs

Indigenous Arts Related

Indigenous Arts is generously supported by:

RBC Emerging Artists Project   

Indigenous Arts Stories

It was a unforgettable experience with so much power of Indigenous matriarchs coming together, trailblazing a new path for future Indigenous designers. 

Livia Manywounds, Indigenous Haute Couture residency program, 2021

Contact Us

For questions about the department and what we offer, please contact:

Phone: 403.762.6180